The monsoons are here and it’s the perfect season to spend some quality time with your pets outdoors. However, pet parents should pay attention to the health and hygiene of their fur babies as they are exposed to several skin infections and waterborne diseases, etc. during the rainy season. It is important to wash your paws well and towel dry them after each walk to prevent skin infections and digestive problems. Insects like ticks and fleas are abundant during the season and pets should be protected from them. (Also read: Pet care: How to ease your pet’s anxiety; expert offers advice)
From giving them boiled or filtered water, a high-fiber diet, to keeping their ears and coat clean, here’s everything you can do to take care of your pets during the monsoon.
Take care of their paws
Dr Dilip Sonune, director of veterinary services at Wiggles, explains that the animal’s paws should be cleaned and oiled during the season to avoid infections. Your four-legged friends should also get a regular haircut and their nails should be trimmed.
“Your pet’s paws come into contact with soil and various viruses and bacteria. If your pet feels like going out for a walk during the monsoon, the right pet shoes should be used and at the same time their paws should be cleaned with warm water and soft towels.. Pets love to walk on grass, which sometimes leads to loose follicles in their paws and dermatitis.They tend to lick their paws to maintain hygiene, but unfortunately, it can lead to digestive issues,” says Dr. Sonune.
Keep your pet’s fur dry
Dr Vinod Sharma, chief veterinary officer at DCC Animal Hospital, said pet owners should blot their dog’s fur with a towel before and after daily walks and outdoor play.
“There is a high amount of humidity in the atmosphere during the rainy season, so it is imperative to keep your dog’s fur as dry as possible to combat its negative effects and prevent any bacterial and fungal skin problems. Powders with antifungal properties can help prevent fungal infections on paws and other areas.You will also need to temporarily switch to a waterless shampoo for dogs.A dog raincoat is also a great way to protect them while allowing them to take advantage of the downpour outside,” says Dr. Sharma.
A nutritious diet
“If your dog is unable to take long walks and plenty of outdoor activities due to persistent rain, high-fiber fruits and vegetables will help with good digestion and regular bowel movements. indoors can make up for the lack of play time outdoors.You can also exercise your dog in your home by running up the stairs or playing with him.To prevent problems like obesity, daily food intake of your dog should also be commensurate with the level of activity,” says Dr. Sharma.
keep their ears clean
Dr. Dilip Sonune says it is advisable to clean your ears more frequently during the rainy season compared to other months and keep them dry.
Take care of their digestive health
Dr. Sonune says fibrous vegetables and fruits will help with good digestion for pets.
“Give them boiled water as it cures their stomach problems. If your pet has stomach upset, it is advisable to increase the intestinal flora in their gut by giving them probiotic infused drinks or curdled milk and juices”, adds the veterinarian.
Prevent tick and flea attacks
“Insects like ticks and fleas become more active in hot, humid weather, and these annoying pests can expose the dog to a range of dangerous diseases. So it’s crucial to keep your dog’s sleeping area tidy and free of insects such as ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes Their bedding should be dry and replaced frequently Some preventative strategies include the use of anti-tick shampoos and collars on pets. anti-tick powders and sprays are also excellent for killing and deterring these pests,” says Dr. Sharma.
The right grooming
Dr. Sonune says grooming them properly can prevent skin infections.
“The most important thing during the monsoon is to keep your pet dry. Humidity is one of the reasons that can affect your pet’s health. The right antifungal powder can help keep their paws safe and secure from bacteria attack. Pets are easily prone to skin infections during monsoons, which leads to kidney failure. Tick fever along with other Skin issues like pimples, redness, and itching can cause long-term problems. It is advisable to clean their coat with a veterinarian-approved tick powder and shampoo or use a tick collar or consult a veterinarian for oral medications. Skin infections can also be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications,” says the expert.
Deworm your pet and have it vaccinated
The risk of respiratory infections and worm-related illnesses increases during the monsoon season. Always consult your trusted veterinarian to ensure your pets receive the correct deworming tablets and vaccinations, if required, based on their specific vaccination schedules.